Bonnie Carlson Nelson was born on January 30, 1929, the third of four sisters in Paxton, IL to Tony and Edna Carlson. Bonnie grew up on the family farm milking dairy cows, learning sewing, canning, and cooking. She married Walt Nelson on December 24, 1949. The couple shared a Swedish heritage that linked them together honoring hard work, fun, and a love of people.
Bonnie and Walt had two children, Karla (Darrel) Jackson of Crawfordsville and Donald Nelson of Arizona. They were blessed with four grandchildren, Mike (Heather) Jackson of Danville, Julie (Chad) Hess of Crawfordsville, Kerri (Kyle) Mehmen of Plainfield , IA, and Henry (Tiffine) Nelson of Scottsdale, AZ and 12 great grandchildren, Avery, Cale, and Hayden Hess, Alida, Hallie, Lilly, and Lucy Jackson, Alison, Jackson and Anna Mehmen, and Elliot and Dominic Nelson.
Bonnie was a true farmer’s wife who loved to cook and bake for her family and many friends. She was famous for her zucchini bread, and sugar cookies delivered in Pringles cans. Bonnie never arrived anywhere empty handed! She taught herself to crochet and made many afghans, potholders, and quilted with pride. Bonnie enjoyed gardening and was especially fond of her roses. She and Walt started their married life in Illinois and later moved to Indiana. After their children were grown, the couple journeyed to Arizona where the owned a home and managed a large mobile home park. This job enabled them to make friends from all over the United States and Bonnie continued her open door policy with coffee and sweets on hand at all times. The couple later moved Crawfordsville where Bonnie enjoyed supplying her great grandchildren with an abundance of sweets and stories from her childhood while watching them play sports, show livestock, and sit around the dinner table as a family.
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